Blog: Hawaii: Four Islands in Five Days

Hotels & Resorts

Hawaii is one of the best places on the globe for groups wanting to step out of the frantic pace of the business world and into a relaxing environment where employees can rejuvenate their energy and gain a fresh perspective on their work. So, on the surface, a whirlwind multi-island media trip involving five plane…

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Blogger Bash!

Industry Events

Last week I was lucky enough to be one of 150 California bloggers to attend a Mad Men themed social media cocktail party hosted by the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) at the Anaheim Convention Center, Southern California’s largest convention center. And as a double whammy, we were also celebrating an anniversary….

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A Welcome Blog!


Hello. I’m Josef Aukee and I have just joined the Smart Meetings editorial team as the new managing editor. If that sounds like a confession—it is. I’m thrilled to have found a fine place to share my travel stories, ideas and experiences that began as long ago as those Brady Bunch-style driving journeys I did…

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Build a Better Blog

Technology News

?Blogging seems so old school these days, with so many people glued to their BlackBerrys and iPhones, typing out (or reading) their 140-character tweets. But while the promoters of Web 2.0 and social marketing keep blaring about the merits of Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter as the latest and greatest way to connect with your social…

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Salt Lake City Boasts Exciting New Identity


Traditionally regarded as a quiet, conservative destination, Salt Lake City is undergoing an exciting transformation that is broadening its identity and appealing to much greater variety of travelers and potential residents. This phenomenon, which is sparked in part by Visit Salt Lake (the convention and visitors bureau), is reflected in many recent surveys, including two released during…

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Kick Off Your Summer with Smart Woman Summit

EventsHealth & WellnessSmart EventsSpeakers

Does your work or personal life need a jolt of outside-the-box thinking and decadence? Do you have everything you’ve ever wanted, but find happiness is still fleeting? What does your body language say about your happiness? Maybe you need a vacation or a pep talk or possibly some serious me-time. The first annual Smart Woman…

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DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld to Add Meeting Space

Hotels & ResortsMeeting PlanningNews

Lobby rendering DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando at SeaWorld broke ground May 17 on an expansion project that will add 40,000 sq. ft. of new indoor/outdoor meeting space to the 1,004-room property, which already features 60,000 sq. ft. of conference center space, 36 breakout rooms and 7 outdoor venues. With the expansion, DoubleTree by Hilton is…

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12 Positive Things You Can Do This Weekend

CareerTips & Tools

Time off from work can be time well-spent. Instead of lounging around like a couch potato, Smart meeting planners can use their weekends to boost their careers, nurture their professional growth or improve their productivity. In a posting on HubSpot, Lindsay Kolowich offers 12 suggestions on how to make the most of weekends. 1. Shift your…

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Smart Meeting Northeast: Unchartered Waters

EventsSmart Events

Smart Meeting events are designed to connect planners with suppliers in one convenient, efficient setting for maximum ROI. Besides networking, we typically have speakers, awesome F&B and experiences reflective of the destinations where we’re holding our events. For example, our event on May 10 in New York City was staged on a Hornblower Cruises & Events yacht…

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4 Reasons Groups Love Salamander Resort

Hotels & ResortsMeeting Planning

History, horses, wine country and luxurious relaxation. Middleburg, Virginia, home to Salamander Resort & Spa, offers all of the above and more. With half of its business tied to groups, the 168-room Salamander has emerged as a comprehensive wellness refuge that is well-suited for small conferences and executive retreats. Let’s begin with local history: Middleburg…

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